Now the leader of a homosexual activist organization is calling for Savage to apologize.
And Dan Savage is trying to walk back and revise his profane comments.
Todd Starnes, at Fox News, reported, "Savage, the founder of the “It Gets Better” anti-bullying project is facing criticism for delivering a Bible-bashing, profanity-laced speech to high school students attending a journalism conference sponsored by the National Scholastic Press Association and the Journalism Education Association."
At one point Savage called Christian teenagers who walked out of the speech “pansy-assed.”
“We can learn to ignore the bullshit in the Bible about gay people — the same way we have learned to ignore the bullshit in the Bible about shellfish, about slavery, about dinner, about farming, about menstruation about virginity about masturbation,” he told the young students. “We ignore bullshit in the Bible about all sorts of things.” Savage said.
Starnes wrote, "Jimmy LaSalvia, executive director of GOProud, called those statements 'outrageous' and demanded an apology.
“Dan Savage should apologize for his comments and should apologize to the high school students in attendance whom he called ‘pansy-asses,’” continued LaSalvia. “It is ironic that someone whose claim to fame is fighting bullying would resort to bullying tactics in attacking high school students who were offended by his outrageous remarks.”
LaSalvia said people of faith should be treated with respect. “Dan Savage’s outrageous anti-Christian tirade hurts – not helps – the fight for gay rights in this country,” LaSalvia said in a statement.
After creating a national backlash, Savage is revising what he said and what he meant. And sort of apologizing.
The far left Huffington Post has, along with the Convention sponsors, sprung to Savage's defense.
Huff Post published this:
Dan Savage is speaking out after his obscenity-laced speech at the National High School Journalist Conference in Seattle sparked a national controversy.
The outspoken lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights advocate addressed the backlash on his blog late Sunday. "I would like to apologize for describing that walk out as a pansy-assed move," he writes. "I wasn't calling the handful of students who left pansies (2,800+ students, most of them Christian, stayed and listened), just the walk-out itself. But that's a distinction without a difference -- kinda like when religious conservatives tells their gay friends that they 'love the sinner, hate the sin.'"
"I didn't call anyone's religion bullshit. I did say that there is bullshit -- 'untrue words or ideas' -- in the Bible. That is being spun as an attack on Christianity.
I was not attacking the faith in which I was raised. I was attacking the argument that gay people must be discriminated against -- and anti-bullying programs that address anti-gay bullying should be blocked (or exceptions should be made for bullying 'motivated by faith') -- because it says right there in the Bible that being gay is wrong. Yet the same people who make that claim choose to ignore what the Bible has to say about a great deal else. I did not attack Christianity. I attacked hypocrisy."
No, Mr. Savage, you demonstrated hypocrisy. And dishonesty.
He does not know the faith of "most kids at the convention" who "stayed and listened."
No one is "spinning" this fiasco except him and his accomplices. This was one of the most blatant, blasphemous public attacks on Christianity I have seen in my years in the ministry.
The Huff Post and the convention sponsors, in their defense of Savage, seem to be labeling the children who walked out as weaker than those who stayed.
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